The Americans in Wartime Experience will focus on educating young visitors about how the courage and sacrifice of millions of Americans have made their own lives possible. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, the Experience will provide an immersive environment for children and student groups. Our educational programs will include tours, vehicle demonstrations, ship and aircraft simulators, reenactments and other living history activities.
Our exhibits, including the Landscapes of War, will support our educational mission and link to appropriate national and state curricula and “standards of learning.” Children will have the chance to talk with veterans and immerse themselves in a wartime landscape. Teachers will have curriculum materials and opportunities for field trips in a setting that both educates and engages.
The Experience will also emphasize science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM—disciplines by engaging students in real-world applications like bridge building, navigation, communications, robotics, artillery fire, avionics and more. The impact of these lessons will extend far beyond your visit.
Whether adults are visiting on their own or as part of a group, the Experience will provide topical programs on a variety of topics from WWI to the present. Adult educational programs will include workshops, lectures and roundtables on diverse topics about the American wartime experience.
The Experience has a formal partnership with George Mason University, ranked in the top five “Up-and-Coming Universities” by U.S. News & World Report. Our partnership will apply the resources of George Mason’s highly regarded Department of History and Art History as well as its Center for History and the New Media. The Museum-University partnership will provide many benefits:
- Expertise in history scholarship and use of digital media to preserve and present history
- Joint appointments of prominent military historians
- Joint public programs conducted by research associates and graduate students
- Oral history interviews and content development for the National Veterans Visitor Center
- Artifact and collections management opportunities for interns and research associates
The Museum also has a partnership agreement with the Prince William County Public Schools, including a commitment to provide appropriate content and experiences related to history, culture and STEM-related topics.